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After 5: Spoto’s Oyster in Palm Beach Gardens

August 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Palm Beach Gardens

Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the bar and in the Bluepoint lounge.

The crowd: As with most happy hours, the earlier you go in, the more likely you are to find retired types enjoying their bar favorites. Spoto’s is no exception. Toward evening, the after-work crowd pours in.

Surrounds: Long bar, coupled with the separate Bluepoint Lounge room, means you’re not likely to be turned away. The bar also offers enticing views of the oysters and clams on ice.

Barback: Take your time. No need to shout your orders. Service here is efficient.

The sips: Half price on specialty drinks off the menu plus beer and wine. Delicious is the word for the Mandarin Martini with Grand Marnier, vodka, and “a splash of sour espresso.” The drink prices can vary depending on what you want in them. This martini was $5.50. The Samuel Adams beer, on tap, was a long, cool drink at $3.75. The house wine runs $3.50.

The noshes: A tasty selection of appetizers makes up the bar menu at $4.75 per selection. The chicken tenders were fine, but I preferred the BBQ bacon-wrapped shrimp. Crunchy and juicy. The star of the show is definitely the bluepoint oysters, which I was salivating for as I watched them nestled in their icy beds. $1.50 each adds up, but these oysters – why else would you be at an oyster bar? – are not to be missed.

Tunes or noise: Blessedly quiet enough to hear happy chatter.

Rating: 4 out of 5 olives.

Spoto’s Oyster Bar

  • 4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens.
  • 561-776-9448; www.spotosoysterbar.com
  • Happy hours: 4-7 at the bar, and Bluepoint lounge

Carolyn Susman, a West Palm Beach reporter, covers happy hours in the area, giving the readers at JanNorris.com a look at where to go for great little plates, super sips and mellow music….after 5. Contact her at AfterFive@JanNorris.com

Tags: After 5: Happy Hours

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  • 1 Bryan Daly // Aug 21, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Thanks for the info. I was just there last night had a great happy hour

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